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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Because she is omniscient, not omnipotent. She has a limited ability to do miracles and doesn't know the answer to knowledge questions. The priests are essential for asking the right questions to let ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

There are 25 provinces in the empire Using her abilities puts a lot of mental strain on her This explains quite adequately why there is a limited number of priests. Too many priests would mean too ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Frame Challenge: The Goddess does not empower the Priests, Priests empower the Goddess. The Goddess is not a separate entity, but a godlike "imaginary friend" created by the subconscious ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Perhaps whatever method is involved in choosing a new priest requires a certain amount of training or "settling in" time as the goddess gets used to their unique mental pathways, and she ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

The Goddess has 26 licensing keys, and she's using the Administrator licensing key There's a few different ways you could take this - whether the Goddess is an A.I. that is able to affect the world, ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Parkinson's Law holds that membership exceeding a number "between 19.9 and 22.4" makes a committee manifestly inefficient. This seems well justified by the evidence proposed from this ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

No priest can be selected from the same (ideological) section of the Empire as another. There you have it. There are 25 ideological section of the empire, so every section gets exactly one priest to ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

The holy matrix has 25 vertexes, or the mental house of priests has 25 doors, or whatever. The idea is that there is some sort of metaphysical framework that the priests fit into, and there are a ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Simplest answer: The Number 25 is pleasing or sacred or holds significance or otherwise (insert lore justification) to the Goddess. There are many cultures and fictional dieties that like specific ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

She is a moon goddess, and the month on her planet lasts for 25 days. Each priest is the priest du jour once a month...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

The limit of 25 priests is due to your goddess' bandwidth limits. The connection necessary for the priestly benefits takes too much attention for her, and any greater number of priests means that she ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Having exactly 25 priests at all times only works if you have the royalty principle, "the king is dead, long live the king!" That is, priesthood is automatically conferred on the next ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

There are many reasons for such a limit a lot of them could for cultural reasons or limits on how her religion/empire is structured. I will focus on possible physical limitations that will work ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

it’s the highest honor in the land scarcity makes anything even more precious. What's the point of being a baronet or a knight if one can get the title just collecting 3 stamps for drinking water? ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

The Pet and its Caregiver Since gods are far beyond human comprehension, let me use a pet and a caregiver as a model. Suppose you have a pet. Or, better, an indoor plant, to better visualize the ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Interestingly, I have a story in works in which the god similar to what you described is the main character. So I put a lot of thoughts myself into the matter of how a believable likeable powerful ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Limit the omniscience aspect of the deity. And their ability to change themselves. They cannot give themselves omniscience. While they can affect world in myriad of ways, they can only do it in single ...
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How would a CIA program to investigate the truth of religion work?

Their assumption: One or more religions are actually true. Their unconscious bias: Their religion, or one close to it (i.e. a part of Western Christianity), is actually true. That means disproving any ...
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How would a CIA program to investigate the truth of religion work?

Recreate instances of intervention Most religious texts claim at least a few instances of divine intervention. The CIA could research them and try to recreate those circumstances. For example they ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Divine tournaments. The god wants society to develop and their followers to grow stronger and so they do suppress any natural earthquakes, famines, or disasters. One of the consequences of having an ...
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How would a CIA program to investigate the truth of religion work?

They wouldn't care about the true religion Government programs are there to provide temporary advantages to the government so that the officials in charge can bolster their careers, gain some military ...
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How would a CIA program to investigate the truth of religion work?

First, CIA is extremely more likely to experiment on "foreign", largely harmless, and practical religions first, before even trying to tackle something as powerful and domestic as ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

There are two issues here Free will deals with problems arising from interaction between people. If the Deity intervened he would be taking sides. If he designed people so they never created such ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

This problem was very well analyzed by real life theologians, for at least the last 2000 years. The crux of the problem is Free Will. If an omniscient, omnipotent god controlled every aspect of the ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Frame challenge(?): Your "god" is not a god. They are a very strong alien. It's easy enough to create limitations that mean that your character would act just as you want your character to. ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Your benevolent deity is not out to stop all suffering, because they want humans to be able to adapt and grow and learn. Instead, they have put a safety net under the suffering. There will never be a ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

A God Who Struggles with Interpersonal Conflicts Other answers have suggested a popular explanation: suffering is necessary for growth. There's a problem with this though... Despite being an ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Free Will To take a page from Christianity: God values free will. If people choose to rebel against Him, that is their choice; He will respect it so long as direct interference is not necessary to ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

The way i see it is that there are 2. Ways we can make your world possible. Either we make him unwilling to always help or we make him not all powerful. Though a combination of both is also possible. ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

The zeroth law of robotics “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.” The god's view must always be to consider humanity, not the individual human, that means ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Your god is all-powerful but not all-seeing or all-knowing. If this god doesn't know of the problem then they can't fix it. A lot of your society's/world's problems will be out of sight of your god, ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Im gonna do a little frame challenge, and call your society a post-scarcity society with a benevolent, omnipotent AI. And declare the topic thus explored: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_series ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Can you understand a god? To underline a flaw in humans we can first look at how we perceive the animal kingdom. How often do we attribute human behaviour to animals, and how often is that correct? A ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

I am going to answer this as a Parent/Father: I love my Children, more than anything... I, as an Adult, can do many things - I may not quite be an all-powerful diety, but I am pretty close. However... ...
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How would a CIA program to investigate the truth of religion work?

A couple of highly intelligent, well connected Fruit Loops initially There are two things that would be critical in such a program: Cost Results Take for example the Skunk Works projects - ...
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